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The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin (Paperback)
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Published: 23/07/2020
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As meticulously researched as it is tremendously exciting, Phillips’s bravura life of the great Muslim warrior resounds with swashbuckling conflict and religious zealotry as the author recounts Saladin’s journey from Kurdish comfort to ferocious leader. Expansive, evocative and exhilarating, The Life and Legend of Sultan Saladin is narrative history at its finest.

An epic story of empire-building and bloody conflict, this ground-breaking biography of one of history's most venerated military and religious heroes opens a window on the Islamic and Christian worlds' complex relationship.

When Saladin recaptured Jerusalem from the Crusaders in 1187, returning the Holy City to Islamic rule, he sent shockwaves throughout Christian Europe and the Muslim Near East that reverberate today.

It was the culmination of a supremely exciting life. Born into a significant Kurdish family in northern Iraq, this warrior and diplomat fought under the banner of jihad, but at the same time worked tirelessly to build an empire that stretched from North Africa to Western Iraq. Gathering together a turbulent coalition, he was able to capture Jerusalem, only to trigger the Third Crusade and face his greatest adversary, King Richard the Lionheart.

Drawing on a rich blend of Arabic and European sources, this is a comprehensive account of both the man and the legend to which he gave birth, describing vividly the relentless action of his life and tracing its aftermath through culture and politics all the way to the present day.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099572749
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 129 mm


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Superb, highly readable and definitive ... One of the world’s leading crusades scholars ... Phillips's narrative of Saladin's career is vivid and judicious, punctuated by set pieces that charge along like battle scenes from Game of Thrones - Dan Jones, Sunday Times

Superbly researched and enormously entertaining ... one of the outstanding books of the year - Gerard DeGroot, The Times

An authoritative and brilliantly told account of the life of one of the world’s greatest – and most famous – military leaders. Jonathan Phillips leaves no stone unturned in this impressive and lively history of the genius who was Saladin - PETER FRANKOPAN, author of The Silk Roads

Outstanding. Jonathan Phillips has written a compelling account of arguably the most inspirational of Islamic military heroes - CHRISTOPHER DE BELLAIGUE, author of The Islamic Enlightenment

Fascinating, authoritative and intelligent - Spectator

This illuminating and fascinating biography of Saladin could not be timely. Today political figures often inspire little admiration, but Saladin’s career at the height of the Crusades reminds us that moral charisma and integrity can be recognised and honoured by people on both sides of a vicious conflict. His concluding account of the intense emotion that the memory of Saladin still inspires in the Middle East today reveals the sensitivity and pain that underlies so many of the region’s unresolved problems - KAREN ARMSTRONG, author of Fields of Blood

Beautifully researched and authoritative, Jonathan Phillips's very fine biography of this fascinating historical character underlines how serious history made accessible to the general reader is invaluable if we hope to understand our world today - JASON BURKE, author of The 9/11 Wars

Vivid and authoritative, with glistening details on every page. Phillips explains Saladin’s ability to mesmerise not just through the achievements of his lifetime but through his inspiration of Arab leaders, including Nasser, Assad and Saddam Hussein, ever since - JAMES BARR, author of A Line in the Sand

Jonathan Phillips explores new themes and makes use of various underused or wholly neglected Arabic sources ... vivid and convincing - Robert Irwin, Literary Review

More than just a biography ... this book paints a rich, absorbing picture of the 12th-century Middle East ... gives expert accounts of the many hard-fought battles and sieges ... vividly describes the Crusader fightback ... One major lesson of this book is that the facts about the distant past are much, much more interesting than the opportunistic uses made of them by anyone in the present - Telegraph

Phillips produces an absorbing, readable narrative… an excellent introduction to the life of Saladin by a scholar who is respected around the world for his work on the sultan and the crusades… an invaluable guide - Helen Nicholson, BBC History

Phillips’s careful scrutiny of the surprisingly numerous contemporary sources underlies an impressive piece of historical reconstruction - Michael Prodger, New Statesman, Books of the Year*

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“The legend brought to life”

Saladin I’d always heard little snippets about him as a child this book brings him to life brilliantly the author delves in to his times and politics and shows how even to this day his relevance well recommend this... More

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